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Sara Biel is a poet, visual artist, and social worker. Her work combines original text with many different art materials. She is passionate about collaborative art and performance processes, and she focuses on art as a medium for building community. Sara’s work has been featured in Oakland’s Moondrop productions reading series and Sparkle and Blink. She is the editor of Colossus: Bay Area Poets Challenge Immigration Injustice. Sara and Karla Brundage collaboratively curated and produced the Temescal Insitu project in the fall of 2013.
Gamal is a poet, playwright and composer. He is a founding member of Universes theater ensemble, originally based out of New York. Gamal’s theatrical writing credits include: The Last Word, God Took Away His Poem, The Black Mann Act Trail of Jack Johnson, The Wall, The Ride (Universes), Slanguage (Universes), Ameriville (Universes), and Let Bygones Be, featured at the Humana Festival’s 2010 Ten Minute Play series, Party People (Universes) 2014 debut Berkeley Rep, AmericUS Cincinnati Playhouse 2020.
Paul Corman-Roberts 2nd full length collection of Bone Moon Palace will be released by Nomadic Press in the Fall of 2020. Previous collections include 19th Street Station (Full of Crow Chap Series, 2011) Notes From An Orgy (Paper Press, 2014) and We Shoot Typewriters (Nomadic Press, 2015.) He currently teaches workshops for the Older Writer’s Lab in conjunction with the San Francisco Public Library as well as the San Francisco Creative Writing Institute. He also works as a substitute of the Oakland Unified School District while living in exile on the forlorn island of Alameda while remaining actively and proudly involved in raising his daughter, a sixteen-year old future theater major.
Hollie Hardy is the author of How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems (2014, Punk Hostage Press). She teaches writing classes at the SF Creative Writing Institute and Berkeley City College and hosts the popular Bay Area reading series Saturday Night Special, an East Bay Open Mic. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in numerous literary journals including Red Light Lit, Fourteen Hills, Eleven Eleven, sPARKLE & bLINK, The Common, Parthenon West Review, Bay Area Generations, Oakland Review, Milvia Street Journal, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Ekphrastic California, and elsewhere.
Shilpa Kamat is a writer, educator, and healing arts practitioner with an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She was a finalist for the 2018 Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, and her chapbook, Saraswati Takes Back the Alphabet, was published by Newfound in 2019. Her writing is informed by ecology, global mythologies, and her diverse/intersecting identities; centralizes in-between and underrepresented experiences, and has an orientation towards healing and connectivity. Shilpa resides in the Bay Area, where she teaches writing and yoga to individuals and groups.
Wanda Ali Batin Sabir is a journalist and author, moonlighting as an English professor at College of Alameda. She is also a Depth Psychologist, with deep roots in the bayous of Louisiana where she was born. Her interests and expertise are trauma and trauma healing – Maafa, specifically ancestral memories, dream tending and the use of art and guided Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to stimulate those forgotten conversations, especially among Diaspora descendants.
Maw Shein Win
Maw Shein Win’s poetry chapbooks include Ruins of a glittering palace (SPA/Commonwealth Projects) and Score and Bone (Nomadic Press). Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 - 2018). Her second full-length poetry collection Storage Unit for the Spirit House will be published by Omnidawn in Fall 2020